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Volcano erupts near Reykjavik in Iceland

The Fagradalsfjall volcano, located 32 kilometers southwest of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland, woke up again.

This was reported by the Icelandic Meteorological Office, Ukrinform reports with reference to AR.

The eruption occurred in a deserted valley near Keflavik Airport, Iceland’s main international aviation hub. The airport remained open, flights were not interrupted.

Video from the scene showed magma erupting from a narrow fissure about 100 to 200 meters long above a volcanic lava field from last year’s eruption, which was the first on the Reykjanes peninsula in almost 800 years.

Scientists expected an eruption on the peninsula after a series of earthquakes last week pointed to volcanic activity near the earth’s crust.

Shares in Iceland’s leading airline Icelandair rose 6% after news of the eruption broke on Wednesday, as investors and residents wary of the possibility of a much more damaging eruption in the peninsula’s populated area.

In Iceland, located above a volcanic hotspot in the North Atlantic, volcanic eruptions occur on average every four to five years.

The most devastating recent eruption was the Eyjafjallajokull volcano eruption in 2010, during which a cloud of ash and dust was released into the atmosphere, interrupting air traffic between Europe and North America for several days due to fears that the ash could damage jet engines. More than 100,000 flights were canceled, delaying millions of passengers.

As Ukrinform reported, on July 24, the Sakura-jima volcano on the island of Kyushu erupted in Japan, due to which the country’s state meteorological agency declared the highest alert level.

Photo: Government of Iceland

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